4.7 out of 10

Victor Harbor

Ranked 20th best suburb in Outer Adelaide
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2/5
Sep 19, 2019

"Disappointed"

The ocean view is wonderful, however not worth the long drive. The lack of entertainment, shopping, eateries was very disappointing.
1/5
May 26, 2019

"Very very quiet"

Went there for Mother’s Day 2019. Only one shop was open in Ocean street ( the Main Street) and that was a music shop.

The motel owner was depressed saying how they were struggling for business, and another shop near the ice cream shop was also trying to sell us things at a closing up shop sale.

Over all the area was pretty, but no prettier than anywhere else, with the one difference, most other places have shops open.

Won’t be going back that way again. It was a long drive from Adelaide and Adelaide although also very small, at least had shops open!
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Mar 14, 2019

"A nostalgic destination with promise"

Located a little more than an hour south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor was the goto tourist destinations 20+ years ago.

This changed with cheap flights and demanding lifestyles, people would rather go overseas and experience life. Victor Harbor still has quite a lot to offer for a small tourist town, but is a shadow of its former past.

Be aware the climate in Victor Harbor does not mimic that of Adelaide not 100km up the road, its often 10C cooler, so the temperature is much more mild with Hot summer days in the mid 30s and a majority in the 20s. During winter temperatures hover around 10C. We also tend to get our fair share of rain, so it can be rather unpredictable. But winter can also offer glorious 20C days, with not a soul in sight and the beach to yourselves.

Houses in Victor can be on the higher side, but given its a coastal town, it offers great value for money compared to other states, the rental market is on the lower side but can barely be supported by the limited job economy of the area; which is comprised of tourism, retail and aged care. But be aware for would-be-renters the demand is high and the homes are limited. Unfortunately many homes in the area have been built anywhere between 30-100 years ago with some never seeing renovation in their lives, but there is some absolute gems out there. Areas such as Hayborough and McCracken have seen more recent developments. The man made lake is fantastic and if you manage to score a property there, think yourself lucky. Some have their own private beaches, the water is clear and pumped in from the sea, and is a treat to kayak down, or swim in during a hot day for those who don't like the ocean directly.

Granite Island was the draw card and was allowed to slip into a state of disrepair, but has since been taken under the wing of Oceanic Victor who provide a tuna diving experience just off the causeway, and now reopened the restaurant with very reasonably priced meals, and a great atmosphere.

Living locally you will have access to a variety of beaches, Hayborough through Goolway offer clean sand beaches with heavier waves more suitable for surfing. Victor Harbor through Encounter bay beaches are throughout winter covered in seagrass which is an important part of the ecosystem and prevents erosion. It does look a little unsightly at times, but the water is clear a shallow and offers lots of opportunity to kayak and swim. There are also a few renown dive sites such as the Bluff which are often visited by SCUBA divers in search of the weedy seadragons.
Throughout the months of December through to March its a major fishing hub, and if you own a boat, the congestion here is legendary so get to the ramp early. They mainly chase Tuna during these seasons but are well open to deep water fish and for larger boats a short trip to KI. The boat ramp is a decent facility however the parking is very limited and poorly designed. Whatever you do, do not park on a verge, and pay for your boat ramp ticket!

The shopping is reasonable, with all major retailers here, including newer Bunnings and Aldi stores opening up in 2018. Coles has a new building being devleoped and Woolworths has a well sized retail premisis in the heart of the town. Online grocery deliver is also an option for those time poor, or with busy working lifestyles.

Victor Harbor is very quiet throughout the year, for business this can be a stretch lacking the tourism footprint that keep them running, a majority of tourism starts early December through January with a few long weekends into the last few warm months of March and April.

There are plenty of primary and secondary schools in the area, however teriary education is limited. But with high speed Fibre to the Home NBN, online external courses through UniSA/Adelaide/Flinders are an option and some do not require you to physically visit the campus except exams. There is the argument there isn't a lot for kids to do down here, but there are plenty of local activities, people just need to use their imagination.

The biggest let down for Victor Harbor is the lack of work, the job market is thin and the variety is limited, many young people move away for further education and for work. The population is heavily weighted towards over 60 and is a retirement town, a statistic that should and needs to change. Also the parking, during summer the road and carparks are a nightmare, the population increases 5-6 times its normal populace.

What never gets old is the walking and riding tracks, there is nothing more peaceful than walking the beach after a day at work, or climbing the bluff first thing in the morning to watch the sunrise, or to walk along the track to Kings Head and watch the crashing waves on the rocks. Or even walking the cuaseway and around Granite Island. The sculptures aren't for me, it's a shame they are not local artists but anything is welcome.

Look for other areas, Hayborough, McCracken, Encounter Bay, they touch eachothers borders and are only a few minutes apart, Encounter Bay is a quiet safe and peaceful area to live, and the view of the bay reminds you why you love living here.

Home is what you make of it, some people will love getting away from hustle and bustle and enjoy the quiet more-country-like lifestyle. Others will hate the lack of nightlife and lack of variety.
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  • Families with kids
DaveG1
DaveG1 What a fantastic review. Thanks Robert. I found so much information and I am considering moving from outer Melbourne when Ive sold the house. The property in Victor seems excellent value. I dont need work so the employment situation doesnt bother me.
Mar 24, 2019
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1/5
Feb 17, 2019

"Not nice at all"

The locals are not friendly!
1/5
Dec 21, 2018

"Good example of bad planning and rude people in cafe."

The main street is dangerous with cars everywhere. Our kids had to run for safety.

The area near the beach along Ocean Street and up to the jetty should be for pedestrians only.

When we mentiined this in one of the dirty cafes we were told to F off.
robertd15
robertd15 There is a large foreshore that is entirely for pedestrians near the beach, with a large fenced off playground areas which are very safe for children. It's a shame you didn't appreciate the town, however with an attitude a main street should have no vehicles, you are quite unreasonable.
Mar 14, 2019
harrya3
harrya3 I think the town is known for small town thinking. The Main Street is no wider than a footpath and should be closed to cats.
Sep 19, 2019
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1/5
Nov 05, 2018

"horrible"

Food was disgusting. The service worse. Never going back!
1/5
Sep 23, 2018

"Got told to go back where we came from"

Simply asked after waiting 25 minutes for our breakfast where it is.... the response was rude.
2/5
Mar 28, 2018

"Nothing but closed shops everywhere"

Dissapointing
1/5
Feb 16, 2018

"Granite Island is like a tip."

Ugly sculptures looking like rubbish on granite island with a danderous abandoned cafe looking disgusting and abandoned.
4/5
Jan 30, 2018

"McCracken golfclub Victor Harbor fantastic"

great course
2/5
Jan 14, 2018

"Victor Harbor looks run down"

Victor Harbor looks like it needs a makeover. The main street is confusing and cars make it dangerous for young ones.
3/5
Jan 11, 2018

"Restaurants very average"

We came to spend a quiet evening together. Were impressed with each otheri but not with the food we were served. It was average service with average food. Never again.
jill-aldenj
jill-aldenj Eating out in Victor Harbour the best places are Nino's and The Original Fish & Chip shop yum totally Recommend it...
Mar 12, 2018
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"fantastic"

wish we lived here, we loved the beach and the friendliness of everyone.
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victor-s
victor-s be pleased you dont.... unless you like the quiet life
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"a beautiful place to be"

a great town with a family friendly atmosphere.
Markets every weekend, beaches and parks with easy access as well as plenty of accomodation.
Couldn't imagine a better family holiday place or an easy and friendly place to live..
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hellot
hellot its crappy. small town with nothing to do for the kids.
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4/5
2yrs+

"One of South Australias most popular holiday destinations as its reasonably close to Adelaide"

3/5
2yrs+

"A thriving coastal town with lots to offer"

Busy Victor Harbor! This thriving seaside town has exploded to become the huge hub of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Just 80 kilometres and about an hour south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor is a tourist hotspot which bustles all year round. Victor Harbor offers a stunning beaches along the magnificent South Coast, and lots of good fishing and boating around the safe and protected Encounter Bay. There are a couple of good golf courses, such as McCracken and Victor Harbor Golf Course.

The climate is mild. Quite cool in winter, and generally sunny in summer with the occasional scorcher of 35 degrees plus.

Victor Harbor has also become a popular retirement destination. There are lots of social activities, including lawn bowls and the local RSL Hall. Subdivisions and retirement villages are rapidly growing.

House prices along the waterfront are absolutely huge, but there is good value just a few streets back. With all of the services, shopping and facilities you need, and easy access around the town, Victor Harbor is a lovely spot to visit, to raise your family or to retire.
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  • Retirees
hellot
hellot obviously written by a suck up on the Council
2yrs+
patp2
patp2 hello, I'm considering retiring in Victor Harbour. Kindly comment on any Public bus transport moving around "town" and how many hospitals are there (for acute conditions)? Thank you. Wonder where do I get an alert when a kind soul responds? (Judy now in Perth)
Jul 11, 2019
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